The state government signed multiple memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Tata Trusts to work together in areas of public health, reforms in jails and education among others.
The chairman of the trust, Ratan Tata, was present at the Vidhan Bhavan when the agreements were inked between the state and the trust.
Tata also witnessed the Assembly proceedings from the VIP gallery and was present when the announcement about the MoUs was made in the House by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
According to the MoU signed with the health department, the trust has admitted to collaborate for cancer research, treatment and creating national cancer grid to launch a new treatment regime and set up a bone-marrow registry by the government for the first time.
The grid aims at 50,000 bone-marrow donors in the next three years by participating in all government medical colleges in the state. A strategic healthcare advisory unit will also be set up to implement technology-backed interventions to improve health and nutrition outcomes by developing hospital information systems and medical supply corporation.
One of the MoUs was signed for programmes for women empowerment by improving digital literacy in rural Maharashtra by providing training and enabling access to the Internet. The programme will be implemented through self-help groups (SHGs) as part of the Internet Saathi Initiative developed jointly with the Google.
The government also signed an MoU for the legal aid, health and mental health services as well as opportunities for training and skill upgrade for the inmates in various central jails of the state.
Tata, while speaking to the media, said, “It is a great honour for us to have joined hands with the Maharashtra government to extend health services to the people of the state. It is a landmark move and we are looking forward for effective implementation of the projects in various fields,” he said.